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"La Califfa" - Sarah Brightman Sings Ennio Morricone

Sarah Brightman sings la Califfa composed by Maestro Ennio Morricone.

Sarah Brightman can without doubt, claim to be one of Britain’s greatest musical ambassadors for her enormous international popularity and following and her range of musical success is quite staggering working with most of the worlds most celebrated musicians and composers. (Dario Poli)

In 1976, she joined the dance group Pan’s People and appeared on the BBC series Top of the Pops. She left a year later to lead Phillips’ troupe Hot Gossip. More provocative than Pan’s People, the group had a disco hit in 1978 with “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper“, which sold half a million and reached number six on the UK charts. Hot Gossip released a follow-up single, “The Adventures of the Love Crusader”, six months later, but it failed to chart.
Brightman having now gone solo,  released more disco singles under Whisper Records, such as “Not Having That!” and a cover of the song “My Boyfriend’s Back”. [ from Wikipedia]
In 1981, she auditioned for the new musical Cats and was cast as Jemima where she met Andrew Lloyd Webber and the two married in 1984. Brightman appeared in many of Lloyd Webber’s subsequent musicals including Song and Dance and the mass Requiem, the latter written for her. With Requiem she earned her first Grammy nomination.

Brightman starred as Christine Daaé in Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. The role of Christine was written specifically for her.

After leaving Phantom, she performed in a tour of Lloyd Webber’s music throughout England, Canada, and the United States, and performed Requiem in the Soviet Union. Studio recordings from this time include the single “Anything But Lonely” from Aspects of Love and two solo albums: the 1988 album The Trees They Grow So High, a compilation of folk songs accompanied by piano, and the 1989 album The Songs That Got Away, a musical theatre compilation of songs cut from shows by composers such as Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

Fly (1995), a pop rock album and her second collaboration with Peterson, propelled Brightman to fame in Europe with the hit “A Question of Honour“. The song, introduced at the World Boxing Championship match between Germany’s Henry Maske and Graciano Rocchigiani, combined electronic dance music, rock elements, classical strings, and excerpts from the aria “Ebben? … Ne andrò lontana” from Alfredo Catalani’s opera La Wally.

“Time to Say Goodbye” (“Con te partirò”)was the second Brightman song debuted for Maske, this time at his retirement match. This duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli sold more than 3 million copies in Germany alone,became Germany’s best-selling single, and was successful in numerous other countries; the album eventually sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Due to the song’s success, a 1996 re-issue of Fly featured “Time to Say Goodbye” as the first track.
Timeless (released in 1997, with the title Time to Say Goodbye in the United States) contained “Time to Say Goodbye” and other classical-inspired tracks such as “Just Show Me How to Love You”, a duet with José Cura (originally sung by Dario Baldambembo with the title “Tu Cosa Fai Stasera?”a cover of the Queen hit “Who Wants to Live Forever”, and “Tu Quieres Volver”,  To Date, the album has sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S. alone. [ from Wikipedia] 

Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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